Oh Happy Day!

April 30, 2010

Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 3:49 pm
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
April 30, 2010

Statement from the Rt. Rev’d William H Love, Bishop of Albany, on the Restoration of the Rt. Rev’d Daniel W. Herzog

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

      As most of you are aware, shortly after his retirement as the Eighth Bishop of Albany, Bishop Herzog resigned his Holy Orders. In so doing, he made one of the most difficult decisions of his life, one that he has struggled with these past three years. He did so in obedience to his understanding of what he believed the Lord was calling him to do at the time in preparation for returning to the Roman Catholic Church, which was the Church of his youth.

      For the past three years, Bishop Dan and I have maintained our friendship and have talked on several occasions about his decision to return to the Catholic Church. After much thought and prayer he has discovered that his heart is still very much with the people and Diocese of Albany whom he truly loves and committed his entire 36 years of ordained ministry serving. Earlier this Spring, Bishop Dan asked if I would be open to him returning to an active ordained ministry as a priest in the Diocese of Albany. I asked him; if possible, would he consider coming back not only as a priest, but as a bishop in order to assist me in ministering to the Diocese.

      On Maundy Thursday, Bishop Dan and I went to New York to meet with the Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev’d Katherine Jefferts Shori. Bishop Dan rescinded his renunciation and the Presiding Bishop with the advice and consent of her Advisory Council, accepted and restored Bishop Herzog effective April 28, 2010.

      Earlier today, while meeting with the priests of the Diocese, during the Annual Priest Retreat, I announced that Bishop Daniel Herzog has been fully restored to the Ordained Ministry of this Church, with the attendant obligations of Ministerial office, and endowed with the right to exercise the gifts and spiritual authority as a Minister of God’s Word and Sacraments in this Church conferred on him in his Ordinations. I invited Bishop Dan to celebrate the closing Eucharist at the retreat.

      Though he has never really been absent from our common life, I invite you to join me in formally welcoming Bishop Dan and Carol back to the full communion of the diocese and the wider church. During the past three years, they have continued to support the work of the diocese and to participate in a non-ordained capacity. His restored role will be of help in carrying out the work of the Church, and I will be asking him to assist in this Diocese under my direction as is true of any retired bishop. Similarly, Bishop David Ball as been assisting me in various ways these past three years and by the grace of God will continue to do so. I am very appreciative to Bishop Ball a nd now Bishop Herzog for their willingness to join me in ministering to the people of the Diocese of Albany.

      All baptized Christians, both laity and clergy, have a share in the apostolic mission the Lord holds out for the Church and I am delighted that Bishop Dan and Carol can officially take their place among us again in the Diocese of Albany. I ask your prayers for all who labor for Christ and his kingdom across these nineteen counties.

Faithfully Yours in Christ,

Statement from the Rt Rev. Daniel W. Herzog on his restoration:

      I want to extend my deep appreciation to Bishop Love and to the Presiding Bishop for their kindness and pastoral solicitude. Carol and I are grateful for the continuing opportunity to serve our Lord and His church in the Diocese of Albany. My only plan is to assist in any way Bishop Bill directs. We are honored to resume a fuller place among the clergy and laity of the diocese.

Your Brother in Christ,

A brief testimony on Yazoo City–Updated

April 30, 2010

Isaiah 35:9 (New Living Translation)
Lions will not lurk along its course, nor any other ferocious beasts. There will be no other dangers. Only the redeemed will walk on it.

Because of tragic car accidents, some intercessors in Yazoo had cried out to God about the safety of the roads. They had asked for the cleansing of the roads used in the transport of slaves. They had spoken life on the roads. They had claimed Isaiah 35’s highway of holiness for the roads.
I keep hearing of remarkable road stories during the tornado. I know of two cars picked up the the wind and then gently set back down. Yesterday I heard of a father and young son sucked out of a pickup truck. They found themselves sitting side by side on the ground next to the truck. Although the prayers were not said with a tornado in mind, I can’t help but wonder if the prayers of the saints activated a supernatural work of God’s holy angels.

UPDATE: I just heard another one. A holy family of intercessors lives in Yazoo. The grandfather had to be taken to the ER in Jackson before the tornado. A cousin went to pick up the four children left at home. The cousin had a total of six children in the pickup truck. She was fleeing Yazoo on the highway. They could see the storm cloud. She can’t explain it, but her truck was supernaturally pushed down the highway out of the path of destruction into a safe zone.

Praise God!

Psalm 51:1-4

April 30, 2010

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)
      Jesus, I come to you; in your mercy blot out all my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)
      Holy Spirit, please do this work in me.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (Psalm 51:3)
      Holy Spirit, bring us all to such self-knowledge.

Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight–that you may be found just when you speak, and blameless when you judge. (Psalm 51:4)
      Father, come among us at the Diocesan Convention and bring us all to such self-knowledge. Help us truly acknowledge our sins and transgressions against you and your righteousness laws. Please help us receive the forgiveness you are offering us through your son Jesus. Thank you.

      Father, we pray for your work among your people.

      Holy Spirit, we pray we will have hearts to respond to what you are doing among us.

      Holy Spirit, we pray for a revival of faithfulness and truth among your people.

      Jesus, we pray for wells and springs of living water to open up in every parish and at the Diocesan Convention.

Friday: 51; Exodus 34:18-35; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Matthew 5:27-37
Saturday: 138,139:1-17(18-23); Exodus 40:18-38; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12; Matthew 5:38-48;

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkx8WAycYAc&feature=related

***** Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
      Pray for the Holy Spirit will move us to hope at the Diocesan Convention. Pray for a renewal of hope centered in God throughout this diocese. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

Quotable: St Catherine of Siena – I am famished for your light

April 29, 2010

I found this lovely quote this morning at Amy Welborn’s blog:

When you fill my soul I have an even greater hunger, and I grow more famished for your light. I desire above all to see you, the true light, as you really are.

— St. Catherine of Siena, from the 4/29 Office of Readings – her feast.

Kendall Harmon posted this wonderful prayer for St. Catherine’s feast day yesterday:

Everlasting God, who didst so kindle the flame of holy love in the heart of blessed Catherine of Siena, as she meditated on the passion of thy Son our Savior, that she devoted her life to the poor and the sick, and to the peace and unity of the Church: Grant that we also may share in the mystery of Christ’s death, and rejoice in the revelation of His Glory, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Personal update–Yazoo City

April 29, 2010

After several days of disrupted service, our computer is now functioning. My hometown, Yazoo City, MS, was hit by an unusually large tornado on Saturday. For the level of destruction, it is miraculous that only four lives were lost. Amazing stories of survival abound–cars lifted up in the air for 20 feet and then set back down, a man hiding under a communion table while the entire church around him is flattened. Our family and congregation are unharmed; our rectory and church untouched. The community is now hard at work.
I thank God for His tender mercies, and I pray that the Holy Spirit will just as surely blow through our hometown.

Jill Woodliff

Psalm 114

April 29, 2010

When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, (Psalm 114:1)
      Lord, lead us out of bondage to sin; help us walk in the freedom you alone can give.

Judah became his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. (Psalm 114:2)
      Jesus, have dominion over us — help each of us in this diocese be a sanctuary for your Holy Spirit.

The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back. (Psalm 114:3)
      Father, please help us remember all your mighty deeds and tell them to the next generation. Bless the witness of all those who minister to the children and youth at the Diocesan Convention.

The mountains skipped like rams, the little hills like lambs. (Psalm 114:4)
      Lord, we pray that all of your creation will rejoice at what you are doing for your people.

What ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back? (Psalm 114:5)
      Father, you made a way through for your people: they passed through the Red Sea and through the Jordan River with dry feet. Help us go through every obstacle and fulfill your purposes for us.

O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs? (Psalm 114:6)
      Holy Spirit, set our hearts to rejoicing as well!

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, (Psalm 114:7)
      Holy Spirit, move our hearts to awe at what you have done among us; help us praise you as we ought. Turn our hearts to praise and worship of Jesus.

Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters. (Psalm 114:8 )
      Holy Spirit, please turn the stony places in my heart to fountains of living water. Thank you for all that you are doing in my life. Amen.

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:19)
      Father, help me speak your words of rejoicing and praise to my own heart as well. Help me to wake up each morning singing your praises. Thank you.
      A word received: Come to me. Look to me.
      Pray for revival. Pray for my people to be transformed by the power of my Holy Spirit.

      Lord, I pray that I too will be transformed by the power of your Holy Spirit; please move in my heart.

Thursday: [59,60] or 114, 115; Exodus 34:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20; Matthew 5:21-26
Friday: 51; Exodus 34:18-35; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Matthew 5:27-37

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “How Deep the Father’s Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8tUP1R6hPo&feature=related

***** Pray for the Holy Spirit will move us to repentance at the Diocesan Convention. Pray for good weather and freedom from mosquitoes, black flies and bears at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

Exodus 33:17-23

April 28, 2010

So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in my sight, and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33:17)
      Father, help us find grace in you sight; help us know you by name.

And he said, “Please, show me your glory.” (Exodus 33:18 )
      Father, show us your glory. Please reveal your glory as we worship you at the Diocesan Convention.

Then he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Exodus 33:19)
      Jesus, we ask you to have compassion on us in our weakness.

But he said, “You cannot see my face; for no man shall see me, and live.” (Exodus 33:20)
      Father, help us accept and live by the boundaries you have set for us.

And the Lord said, “Here is a place by me, and you shall stand on the rock. (Exodus 33:21)
      Jesus, you are the rock we want to stand on. You are the rock that does not move or shake.

So it shall be, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand while I pass by. (Exodus 33:22)
      Father, please hide us in that cleft of the rock where you pass by.

Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:23)
      Father, reveal yourself to us by your Holy Spirit. Help us come to know you more each day and love you more. Thank you.

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
Text: Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778
Music: Thomas Hastings, 1784-1872
Tune: TOPLADY, Meter: 77.77.77

1.      Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
      let me hide myself in thee;
      let the water and the blood,
      from thy wounded side which flowed,
      be of sin the double cure;
      save from wrath and make me pure.

2.      Not the labors of my hands
      can fulfill thy law’s commands;
      could my zeal no respite know,
      could my tears forever flow,
      all for sin could not atone;
      thou must save, and thou alone.

3.      Nothing in my hand I bring,
      simply to the cross I cling;
      naked, come to thee for dress;
      helpless, look to thee for grace;
      foul, I to the fountain fly;
      wash me, Savior, or I die.

4.      While I draw this fleeting breath,
      when mine eyes shall close in death,
      when I soar to worlds unknown,
      see thee on thy judgment throne,
      Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
      let me hide myself in thee.

Wednesday: 49,[53]; Exodus 33:1-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:17-20
Thursday: [59,60] or 114, 115; Exodus 34:1-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20; Matthew 5:21-26

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “Here I Am to Worship” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoxopsRSfdU&feature=fvw

***** Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

Bp. Iker and Diocese of Fort Worth request prayer today

April 27, 2010

My apologies for not posting this sooner, it slipped my mind. Today is the court hearing for Fort Worth. Please be in prayer.

From Bishop Iker

Make April 27 a day of fasting and prayer

I am calling the Diocese to observe Tuesday, April 27, as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for the special intention of the oral arguments to be heard that day by the Fort Worth Second Court of Appeals. The hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the 9th-floor courtroom of the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center at 401 W. Belknap Street and is open to the public. Our attorneys will have 15 minutes to state our case, and the other side will have 15 minutes to respond. We then have 5 minutes for closing statements.

We will be represented by Scott Brister, Kendall Gray, and Shelby Sharpe. The justices hearing the case are Lee Ann Dauphinot, Anne Gardner and Bill Meier. If our appeal is successful, the Court will direct that the parties bringing a lawsuit against us cannot do so in the name of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth or of the Corporation of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. It is not expected that a decision will be made that day, but will be released at a later time.

Please pray for our attorneys and the judges during the course of the day. Some churches may wish to have a special service of intercession sometime that morning or at noon. It is requested that some form of fasting or abstinence be practiced until that evening.

The Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth

April 21, 2010

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

April 27, 2010

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:1)
      Father, let your grace and peace come upon us. Jesus, come and move in our hearts.

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, (1 Thessalonians 1:2)
      Holy Spirit, please help us pray with thanksgiving for those around us.

remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, (1 Thessalonians 1:3)
      Father, help us remember with unceasing prayer all those who do works of faith, and labor of love, and live in patient hope of what Jesus will do.

knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
      Thank you, Father, for calling us and receiving us with open arms.

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, please come upon us with your full power at the Diocesan Convention. Give all of us in this diocese the assurance of your work among us. Bless Bishop Bill in his untiring labor among us. Help us remember him and his family in prayer each day.

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
      Jesus, we pray for all those who are afflicted because they have chosen to follow you. Bless them. Help them rejoice and be exceedingly glad for the hope of the reward you have for them in heaven. (See Matthew 5:12)

so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. (1 Thessalonians 1:7)
      Holy Spirit, please help us to be good examples to the surrounding dioceses. Let this diocese be an Elim Springs where the weary can find rest and refreshment. Bless the ministry of the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. (See Exodus 15:27)

For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. (1 Thessalonians 1:8 )
      Jesus, let your word go forth with power at the Diocesan Convention and throughout this diocese. Help us daily grow in our faith and trust in you.

For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, (1 Thessalonians 1:9)
      Father, you are the living God: help us turn from every idolatry to serving you.

and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
      Jesus, please help us all wait on you in expectation of your sending the Holy Spirit upon us with power. Give us hearts that tarry, that wait and watch for the work of your Holy Spirit. Thank you. (See Luke 24:49)

Tuesday: 47, 48; Exodus 32:21-34; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 5:11-16
Wednesday: 49,[53]; Exodus 33:1-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Matthew 5:17-20

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “Let the River Flow” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGplpTUytfQ&feature=related

***** Pray for those who minister at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+

April 27, 2010

Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 7:22 pm
From: Fr. Nigel Mumford+
Subject: Thank you for your prayers for last nighs hospital scare
Dearly Beloved,
      Thank you for your prayers. I am fine now. Just had a breathing scare… Lynn has Bronchitis of which I seem to have symptoms, so, combined with the very high pollen count and my compromised lungs…(that ARE healing)… I hit the wall and was admitted back into ICU yesterday at 11.30pm and was released this afternoon at 4pm after many injections, a drip line and many oral medications. My fingers have swollen up with the steroids…. my face is beet red from something… I look like a walking lollipop! Feel fine… panic over… Was given many other things to breathe into and play with… Thanks be to God this was the only set back in 4 months…. not bad… bottom line… the doc says I have to do less… ummm Not sure how to do that God?

      Thank you so very much for your prayers… it was a little scary…. and the needles seem to hurt a lot more than last time… not sure what that is about… just may be it is God saying slow down… ummm OK God I get the picture.

      I feel a bit like King Hezekiah where God gave him 15 more years after he had seen his tears and heard his prayers. Oh God I ask for at least 40 more years…. Hey Jesus you did say ask!

      God bless you all, Lynn and I are so very grateful for you and covet your continued prayers.

      The doc said again that in about a year I will be able to play the bag pipes again… this will happen….

Much love to you all

Be well God bless you Fr, Nigel+

Fr. Nigel Mumford has been re-admitted to the hospital

April 26, 2010

Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:58 am
From: Diocese of Albany
Subject: Diocesan Update
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
      Fr. Nigel Mumford has been re-admitted to the hospital with breathing difficulty and is in the ICU. Please pray for healing of his lungs, for the doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals treating him, and that the medicines and therapies prescribed will shorten his recovery time. Please keep Lynn, Meagan, and all of Fr Nigel’s family in your prayers.
Faithfully in our risen Lord,

Colossians 3:18-25

April 26, 2010

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. (Colossians 3:18-20)
      Jesus, please establish your order in the lives of the families of this diocese. Help each of us find our proper place in your order.

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Colossians 3:21)
      Father, please show us how to properly encourage our children. Thank you.

Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. (Colossians 3:22)
      Jesus, please help me obey the managers you have placed over me at work. Help me to be a good and faithful worker serving you. Thank you for my job.

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, (Colossians 3:23)
      Holy Spirit, give us joyful enthusiasm in our work.

knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 324:)
      Jesus, thank you for calling us into your service. Help us daily answer your call.

But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. (Colossians 3:25)
      Jesus, cover me and wash me daily in your blood. Thank you.

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)
      A word received: “They were cut to the heart.” I want my people to pray for that. That is a work I do through my Holy Spirit. I want them to desire my cleansing fire. A word received: They have to desire this.

Monday: 44; Exodus 32:1-20; Col 3:18-4:6(7-18 ); Matthew 5:1-10
Tuesday: 47, 48; Exodus 32:21-34; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 5:11-16

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out“There Is Power In The Blood” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vjNJkIPLOw&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W9FMb2wm_8&feature=channel

***** Pray for the Vacation Bible School at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

Albany Intercessor

Prayer Table Report, Testimonies, and other stuff

April 26, 2010

Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, April 24, 2010, 9:20 -10:30 AM Torre Bissell, Dave Carlson & a friend named Lowell who joined us

+–indicates received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Jim – one of our regulars, Jim thanked God for his healing and the lovely day

+ Shaquipa and + Malachi – a woman and her teen-aged son – asked prayer for a job

+ mother and young son (toddler) — she did not speak English but accepted a cross for her son; she smiled as she showed us her own cross around her neck; we prayed for the Lord’s blessing on them

+ Deborah – has been to the prayer table before – she was on her way to see an apartment and asked prayer that she can get this new apartment

+ Jordan and + PJ – two middle-school age boys riding by on a bike (1 of the boys was riding on the handlebars) – they received crosses and said they would like prayer for their families; we prayed for safety for them as they ride on the streets of Schenectady

+ Malcolm — a man pushing a shopping cart – he had a very positive attitude and spirit and said it was just “great to be alive” – he was on his way to look for cans and bottles; we prayed that he would find lots of them; asked the Lord to protect Malcolm and provide for him

+ Mike — young man in his late teens or early 20’s – asked prayer for an apartment

+ Rashita – no specific prayer request – we prayed for safety and provision and that she would know how much the Lord loves her

+ Hilda — asked prayer for her health

+ James — we prayed for him, his friends and family

+ Kim — prayed for the Lord to deliver her from drugs

+ Marquana and her 3-yr old daughter + Miana — for God’s protection and provision for them

+ Bill – one of our regulars – we prayed for his health that he will be seizure-free


Sunday: 103; Exodus 28:1-4,30-38; 1 John 2:18-29; Mark 6:30-44
Monday: 44; Exodus 32:1-20; Col 3:18-4:6(7-18 ); Matthew 5:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “Recessional – Hymn 473 – Lift High the Cross”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auHvvjbnFEk&feature=related

***** Pray for the Youth Program at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

***** The Community of St. Mary, Eastern Province
      242 Cloister Way, Greenwich, NY 12834
      (518 ) 692-3028
On the Web: http://www.stmaryseast.org/
      Join us in praying for vocations to the Community of St. Mary in Greenwich, NY and Luwinga, Malawi, Africa:
      O Father and lover of souls, pour upon your Church the spirit of religious vocation and grant the Community of St. Mary an increase in numbers and sanctification of Sisters, to your glory and for the benefit of your whole Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

***** Mark and Darlene Chesnut give their testimony about the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives. Christ Church Schenectady, NY 4/25/10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZFlT8rUTsY

Ryan Dussault gives his testimony about the Holy Spirit’s work in his life. Christ Church Schenectady, NY 4/25/10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA9J2FcSfZw

Albany Intercessor

John 10:23-30

April 25, 2010

And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. (John 10:23)
      Jesus, please come and walk among us today. Help us recognize you when you come among us.

Then the Jews surrounded him and said to him, “How long do you keep us in doubt? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” (John 10:24)
      Jesus, please help us come to you in hope and trust, rather than to dispute with you.

Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my father’s name, they bear witness of me.” (John 10:25)
      Holy Spirit, please help us recognize the works that Jesus is doing among us and believe him. Thank you.

“But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I said to you.” (John 10:26)
      Jesus, fold us in your arms and help us be your sheep.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)
      A word received: Listen.

      Father, please help us throughout this diocese to know the voice of Jesus, to listen to him, and to follow him wherever he leads us. Thank you.

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28 )
      Lord, protect your sheep from the lies of the deceiver.

“My father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my father’s hand.” (John 10:29)
      Father, thank you that we are in your care. Please help us bear fruit worthy of repentance.

“I and my father are one.” (John 10:30)
      Holy Spirit, please let the unity that the Father, Jesus, and you have with each other be a mark of our common life together in this diocese. Thank you for the work you are doing among us to prepare our hearts for the Diocesan Convention.

Sunday: 103; Exodus 28:1-4,30-38; 1 John 2:18-29; Mark 6:30-44
Monday: 44; Exodus 32:1-20; Col 3:18-4:6(7-18 ); Matthew 5:1-10

      Notes from the Front Line

Check out “Lean on Me Sing-a-long (from 1989 Lean on Me Movie)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VmRNr9QbxQ&feature=related

Jesus, help us to lean on you. Thank you for being our friend.

***** Pray for the Youth Program at the Diocesan Convention. Thank you.

***** Pray for travel mercies for Michael and Christine Hales as they leave for the United Kingdom Monday to begin missionary work there.

***** PRAYER TABLE REPORT (St. Mary’s of Lake Luzerne, Sat., April 24, 2010, 11:45-12:15 p.m.) before/during weekly community luncheon at Parish Hall); Rev. Bruce Mason, Rev. Alan Hart and Barbara Breen.)
Note: Awesome, gorgeous weather day. Five people stopped for prayer. Praise God.

a–denotes anointed with Holy Oil.
t–denotes received wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina.

t,t, a — NANCY — Asked for prayers for her son who HAD been struggling in school but is doing better since Nancy asked for prayer at recent church functions. She also received prayer for general health to be able to deal with the continual stress of being a young mother and wife.

a–JOE — Repeat visitor to the Table. Joe has been praying for several months for a fervent reconnection with his son ROBIN, from who he is estranged. Joe is considering moving to another community to better provide and connect with his elder mother ANNE who is 91. JOE also has problems with his knees and is very uncomfortable. Please pray for all of Joe’s concerns and that God will provide for him and protect and preserve him.

DOROTHY — Asked for prayers for general good health and well-being for herself. It was obvious she wanted to tarry and talk some more but she did not want to delay her friends who were with her.

t,a — MARY LOU — This elderly, friendly woman wanted prayers for God’s protection for her grand-daughter CHRISTIE who is pregnant with her first child. Pray that the pregnancy will go well and the child will eventually walk with the Lord. Mary Lou is ecstatic that she will soon have a great-grandchild!

VIRGINIA — This woman stopped somewhat reluctantly — but with certainty — on her way to her car and asked that we pray for the soul of her nephew ROBERT who recently passed away. She said Robert was a believer in Christ. I assured Virginia we would pray for Robert.

Albany Intercessor

Prayers for Yazoo City

April 25, 2010

When I logged on to my computer just now, I saw that Yazoo City, Mississippi has been ravaged by tornadoes, and that a church has been destroyed.

This is the area of Mississippi where Jill & George Woodiff live. I would ask our readers to uphold Jill and George in prayer this weekend.

A few links: here, and here

— Karen

The collects from the Compline service are what first came into my mind to pray for the Woodliff family and all in Yazoo City tonight. Even in this dark and painful time, may Christ’s light shine brightly, and may the Lord guard His people with His angels and preserve their hearts in peace:

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the
love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours
of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and
chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and
illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by
night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the
enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in
peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

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